Wednesday, May 8, 2013

When Someone Enters Your Home: 9 Home Invasion Tips

There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home.
Rosalynn Carter 

Ideally, our home is our sanctuary, where we feel safe.  Unfortunately, homes can be a target for criminals who are seeking property, or to gain some demented gratification from terrorizing people.

An unlawful entry can be terrifying, especially if you have children.

Here are 9 tips to help you if such an unfortunate incident occurs.

  1. Do not open your door to someone you don't know.  Invaders will pose as salespeople, fundraisers....any role to gain access to your home.  
  2. Have an escape plan.  Similar to a house fire you should have a plan to leave your house.  Allow for different scenarios.  
  3. If escape is not possible go to a room and lock the door.  You want to avoid direct contact with the invaders.  
  4. Call 911.  Also, contact a neighbour/nearby friend.  
  5. Do not try to prevent the invader(s) from taking property or leaving the house.  You don't want to escalate the situation.  
  6. If you have children go to them immediately.
  7. Be aware of items in the house that you can use to protect yourself.  
  8. Listen.  Is there one or more invaders?  
  9. Do not leave with the invaders (e.g. to go an ATM). The second scene tends to be more violent.  

As always, the overall goal is for you and your loved ones to survive.  Property and any sense of injustice are secondary to your safety.  

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

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